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WILL CONGRESS TAKE HEED NOW?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 6, 2014) — Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is calling for a criminal investigation into how the Obama regime claimed that Obama had signed “executive orders” altering immigration policies when in fact, he signed only two presidential memoranda which are not published in the Federal Register or on the White House website under “Executive Orders.”
On November 25, The Post & Email reported that according to White House spokesman Shawn Turner via email, Obama had taken “executive actions,” not signed “executive orders.”
The presidential memoranda Obama signed dealt with the visa application process and the proposed establishing of a White House Task Force for “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.”
As reported on Wednesday by WND’s Dr. Jerome Corsi, Obama may have delegated the commencement of “change” to existing federal immigration law by having Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issue an interdepartmental memorandum instructing the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to re-examine all cases of deportation and extend the parameters of the DACA program, also implemented by a presidential memorandum in 2012.
Fitton reportedly said that Obama had carried out the execution of his wishes to Johnson such that “there are no fingerprints” leading back to Obama.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initiated in June 2012 without congressional approval and allowed young illegals to remain in the country under certain conditions. Congress took no steps to nullify the memorandum Obama signed implementing the program, which was renewed earlier this year.
After announcing his proposed changes to immigration law on November 20, Obama began “pitching” the program to the public. On Tuesday, November 26, he addressed a crowd in Chicago, asserting that he had “taken action to change the law.” On 25 previous occasions, Obama had contended that he did not have the legal or constitutional authority to change existing federal law. “I’m not a king,” Obama had said.
Article II of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to swear an oath to “faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
During his speech in Chicago, Obama attempted to assure the audience that more could be done regarding immigration if they petitioned certain action groups to “change things.” In a reference to the violence and destruction wrought in Ferguson, MO in response to a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the slaying of a black teenager, Obama said, “Those are criminal acts, and people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.”
Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution delegates lawmaking authority to the Congress, not the president. Constitutionally, a measure becomes law after the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate approve it by majority vote and the president applies his signature. In the event of a presidential veto, if the House and Senate override the veto by a two-thirds majority, the measure becomes law without the president’s signature. The same standard applies in state legislatures.
In an article on Friday, Corsi reported that Fitton believes that Johnson “did the bidding of his boss, engaging in a political act, not a legal act, that involves misappropriating public funds to open offices and hire employees to implement the directives of Johnson’s memorandum.”
Judicial Watch uncovers government corruption at the state and federal levels and has spearheaded FOIA requests, often resulting in lawsuits for non-disclosure of documentation, into the Fast & Furious gunrunning operation; the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans and injured many more; the IRS’s targeting of “conservative” groups; and the costs associated with the housing of more than 60,000 illegal aliens allowed into the country over a four-month period last summer, charged to the U.S. taxpayer.
Fitton cites a probable violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act on the part of Johnson and others for spending money on a new intake center with 1,000 job postings in anticipation of the implementation of the memorandum’s ordered changes.
On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed HR 5759 condemning and declaring null and void Obama’s immigration executive actions. Working in conjunction with the North American Law Center (NALC), the U.S. Patriots Union provided a link in its announcement of the passage of the measure to a letter which can be printed, signed and sent to all members of the House urging “enforcement,” which could include suspension without pay and possible arrest of anyone carrying out Johnson’s orders.
Item (c) in the resolution reads:
Effect of Executive Action.–Any action by the executive branch with the purpose of circumventing the objectives of this section shall be null and void and without legal effect.
An issue which Judicial Watch has not addressed is the forgery of Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form declared so by Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse lead investigator Michael Zullo and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio nearly three years ago. At a subsequent press conference on July 17, 2012, Zullo and Arpaio called for a congressional investigation which was never launched.
In 2008, questions arose about Obama’s constitutional eligibility among reports that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia. Having failed to release any documentation about himself, calls for his “long-form” birth certificate proving that he was, in fact, born in Hawaii as he claimed increased during his first term. In April 2011, the White House released what it claimed was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health, obtained from then-Director Loretta Fuddy, who died as the result of a water landing of the small plane in which she was traveling on official business last December.
At an unannounced time, Arpaio opened a second criminal investigation stemming from that focusing on the birth certificate and Selective Service form, the “gut-wrenching” findings from which are expected to be announced at some point in the relatively near future.
After many Americans began questioning Obama’s eligibility, internet trolls posting under multiple identities attempted to intimidate, harass, frighten and silence discussion of the matter. Last winter, Zullo announced that the sheriff’s probe had found that the IP numbers of some of the trolls trace “into the White House” and that some are employed by DARPA, a division of the Department of Defense, at taxpayer expense.
Some consider Obama’s “signature” achievement, Obamacare, to now be fraudulent as a result of the deception revealed by videos of “architect” Jonathan Gruber, who admitted that “transparency,” something Obama promised would be a hallmark of his “presidency,” was purposely not employed in the drafting and passage of the bill.
In an interview with The Post & Email in May of last year, Zullo stated that the fraudulent birth certificate underlies the other deceptions employed against the American people by the Obama regime. However, the mainstream media continues to maintain a blackout on the matter, presumably out of fear that if Obama is found to have been ineligible, a constitutional crisis will occur.
The North American Law Center has accused Obama of having committed “criminal identity fraud” in Articles of Impeachment drawn up over the summer.
Directly after the midterm elections, six U.S. senators argued that Obama would create such a crisis because of his “lawlessness” and pending executive actions on illegal aliens.
Shortly after his appointment as chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler seized more power, dissolved the Reichstag, or parliament, and dispatched his “brownshirts” to arrest or kill his political opponents. History.com reports:
Hitler’s emergence as chancellor on January 30, 1933, marked a crucial turning point for Germany and, ultimately, for the world. His plan, embraced by much of the German population, was to do away with politics and make Germany a powerful, unified one-party state. He began immediately, ordering a rapid expansion of the state police, the Gestapo, and putting Hermann Goering in charge of a new security force, composed entirely of Nazis and dedicated to stamping out whatever opposition to his party might arise. From that moment on, Nazi Germany was off and running, and there was little Hindenburg or von Papen—or anyone—could do to stop it.
While filibustering the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan last year, Sen. Rand Paul, invoking the memory of how Hitler came to power, stated:
In a democracy, you could someday elect someone who is very evil. That’s why we don’t give the power to the government…occasionally, even a democracy gets it wrong. So when a democracy gets it wrong, you want the law to be there in place. You want this rule of law…
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich stated that “This new Obama power grab is the greatest threat to freedom since King George third.” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was quoted as having said, “Congress has the power to stop it now” through “the power of the purse.”
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero